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Joshua C. Munger, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-4800

Fax: (585) 275-6007

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A major focus of our laboratory is human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), a herpes virus, which is the leading cause of congenital viral infection, occurring in approximately 1% of all live births. Congenital HCMV infection results in central nervous system damage in the majority of symptomatic newborns. HCMV infection also poses a serious health risk to immunosuppressed individuals, increasing morbidity in the elderly and in patients receiving immunosuppressive chemotherapy, including cancer patients, transplant recipients, and AIDS patients.
The majority of the projects in our lab study the interfaces between viruses and the host cell that determine the outcome of infection. Specifically, we focus on how viruses usurp cellular metabolic controls and subvert cellular anti-viral signaling to support productive infection. The goal of our laboratory is to increase our mechanistic understanding of these processes to identify novel avenues for therapeutic intervention that could prevent virally-associated pathogenesis.


Journal Articles

Rodríguez-Sánchez I, Munger J. "Meal for Two: Human Cytomegalovirus-Induced Activation of Cellular Metabolism." Viruses.. 2019 Mar 19; 11(3)Epub 2019 Mar 19.

Goodwin CM, Munger J. "The I?B kinases restrict human cytomegalovirus infection." Journal of virology.. 2019 Feb 13; Epub 2019 Feb 13.

King MW, Munger J. "Editing the human cytomegalovirus genome with the CRISPR/Cas9 system." Virology.. 2019 Jan 26; 529:186-194. Epub 2019 Jan 26.